New research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics on June 2011 looked at Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Chiropractic Treatment of Headaches. The research showed that:
– For migraine, spinal manipulation and multimodal multidisciplinary interventions including massage are recommended for management of patients with episodic or chronic migraine
– For tension-type headache, spinal manipulation cannot be recommended for the management of episodic tension-type headache. Low-load craniocervical mobilization may be beneficial for longer term management of patients with episodic or chronic tension-type headaches.
– For cervicogenic headache, spinal manipulation is recommended.
Evidence suggests that chiropractic treatment of headaches, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches.
Cost Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain
A new study that was in the November 2010 issue of Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics looked at the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care vs medical care for the treatment of low back pain. The primary reason for this study was to determine if there are differences in the cost of low back pain treatment when a patient is able to choose between a medical doctor (MD) versus a doctor of chiropractic (DC), given that his/her insurance provides equal access to both provider types. The study was done on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee’s large group fully insured population between October 1, 2004 and September 30, 2006. The results of the study showed episodes of low back pain treatment initiated with a DC were 40% less than those who saw treatment of their low back pain with an MD.
Chiropractic Care is more effective in the treatment of low back pain!
This study shows that chiropractic care for low back pain is more cost effective than medical care for back pain. If you have any questions about this study or questions about your low back pain please feel free to give us a call. Mountain View Pain Center is located in Centennial, Littleton, Aurora CO which is conveniently located to Denver CO, Highlands Ranch CO, Greenwood Village CO and Lone Tree CO.
Low Back Pain Study
A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapy looked at the efficacy of chiropractic manipulation over muscle relaxants for subacute lower back pain. The design of the study was a randomized, double blind clinical trial. The study was done on 192 people that had low back pain for 2 to 6 weeks. The people were divided into 3 groups; 1st group received chiropractic manipulations, 2nd group received muscle relaxants and the 3rd group got a placebo.
Low Back Pain Study Results
The results showed that chiropractic manipulation was more beneficial for low back pain than both muscle relaxants and placebo when patients responded to the Global Impression of Severity Scale questionnaire.
What this study indicates to us is that chiropractic care should be the first line of care when a patient is having low back pain. Chiropractic care has the lowest risk with the highest patient satisfaction when treating low back pain. If you have questions about your low back pain or want more information please feel free to contact us anytime. Our offices are in Centennial, Littleton, and Aurora CO which is conveniently close to Highlands Ranch CO, Parker CO, Denver CO, Englewood CO, Greenwood Village CO, and Aurora CO
Chiropractic Care Question’s and Answers
At Mountain View Pain Center we get asked a lot of questions about Chiropractic care and today we are going to answer some of them.
Can a Chiropractor help me?
Chiropractors specialize in musculoskeletal issues ranging from low back pain, neck pain, ankle pain, wrist pain, and many other ailments affecting any of the joints in the body or related to the spine. To put it as simply as possible Chiropractors deal with muscles, nerves, and bones. This means that Chiropractors have a vast knowledge of the whole body and can help you with your pain, posture, range of motion, or overall function of the body.
What is the spinal manipulation/adjustment and why would I need one?
Chiropractors use spinal manipulations to remove fixations in the spine and to free the nerve that could be impinged by the bone. This impingement can cause a number of problems such as pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, and radiating pain. This means that when you’re having ankle pain for example the Chiropractor will look at your ankle, knee and low back to make sure there is no fixations in any of the joints.
Is Chiropractic safe and is it going to hurt?
This is one the most popular questions we get asked. Yes, Chiropractic is safe there have been a number of research papers done on Chiropractic, its effectiveness and safety of receiving chiropractic treatment. One of the most recent research article done was in the Spine Journal which stated that Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective way to receive alternative treatment for musculoskeletal conditions. Spinal manipulations if perform by a licensed professional do not hurt they actually feel great!!!!
I heard that once you go to a Chiropractor you always have to go why?
This is not true. Chiropractors want to help you get out and stay out of pain. In the beginning of your treatment you may come in more often so your body can begin to heal faster. Once the initial pain levels have gone down your frequency of visits will decrease as you continue to progress through treatment. The next step is to start a course of physical therapy to help correct any muscular imbalances attributing to your condition, with either increase muscle strength or breaking a spasm. The Chiropractor may recommend wellness care for you because the daily stresses in our lives, such as our jobs can lead to further discomfort from poor posture or repetitive activities.
What’s the cost of coming in?
This is the second most common question asked. Cost can vary from person to person and may also vary from insurance company to insurance company. You may have no deductible or co-pay in some cases, or you may have no coverage at all. The best way to know how much your treatment is going to cost is to call our front desk and have them call in your insurance. If you have no insurance you could take advantage of our new patient special. Currently we are offering a new patient exam, consultation and 1 hour massage for only $49.00.
If you have more questions you can look at our FAQ portion of our website.
Our goal at Mountain View Pain Center is to help you get out and stay out of pain. Our office is located in Centennial, CO which is conventionally located to Highlands Ranch CO, Littleton CO, Denver CO. If you have any questions please feel free to call us and someone will be more than happy to help you.
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Alternative Treatment for Postmenopausal Women
As some of you may have seen in the news there is new research about breast cancer and postmenopausal women that was released this month by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). The research was done on 16,608 menopausal women ages 50-79 that were taking estrogen plus progestin which showed an increased rate of breast cancer. The most troubling aspect of the research was the breast cancer that was showing up in these women was the most aggressive kind of breast cancer. The question that arises is what are women to do then?
Treatment of Postmenopausal Women
First talk with your doctor if you are having mild to moderate symptoms of menopause. Taking these drugs might not be worth the risk. If you or someone you know is having symptoms of menopause and seeking alternative treatment, we offer a safe vitamin protocol for menopause. If you would like more information about the vitamins, please feel free to email or call us at the office, or if you like to read more about the research you can find copy online or we can email you a copy.
Brief Discussion on Sciatica
Sciatica is a crippling and debilitating symptom of a herniated disc or piriformis syndrome. Sciatica is described as radiating/shooting pain moves down the back of the leg. The pain can start from the back and travel down to the back of the knees. The pain can be different from person to person depending on the specific cause of the pain. Whether the problem is from a herniation of a disc or a muscular problem such as piriformis syndrome, sciatica responds favorably with conservative treatment and physical therapy. At Mountain View Pain Center we work with the spine and the muscular system to relieve pain, and get to the route of what is causing the pain so the symptoms do not return in the future. One of the most beneficial treatments for sciatica is decompression therapy. This will relieve the pressure a disc herniation places on the nerve, removing the pain, numbness, or burning caused by the compression.
We will design a treatment plan that will not only help you get of pain; it will help you stay out of pain. Our treatment plan will include physical therapy, chiropractic care, and rehabilitation programs. We also, work with all major medical insurance companies so; let us call your insurance in so you can get the most cost effective treatment.
Massage therapy is now offered at Mountain View Pain Center
We are happy to announce that massage therapy is now a treatment option at Mountain View Pain Center. Our therapist specializes in deep tissue, trigger point, neuromuscular, Swedish, sports massage, manual lymphatic drainage, and reflexology. Massage therapy combined with chiropractic and physical therapy care can be a very powerful way of healing your body from musculoskeletal injuries.
If you’re suffering from neck pain, headaches, upper back pain, lower back pain, and extremity pain or weakness, let our team of specialists get you back on your feet.
Cost of Back Pain
The cost of back pain has grown higher and higher each year in the United States this is evident with the new research released by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The costs of back pain have resin to more than $30 billion in 2007, that’s $14 billion higher compared to 1997. The AHRQ reports that in 2007 27 million people age 18 and older have reported back pain and of that 19 million received medical treatment. The average out of pocket cost for treatment of back problems were $1,589 per adult in 2007 ($1,146 for outpatient care and $446 for prescription drugs). As these healthcare cost continue to rise what is an effective treatment for back pain?
At Mountain View Pain Center our Chiropractors specialize in upper back and low back pain. We have extensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal system so, not only would our Chiropractors address the Chiropractic aspect of your back problem, we would also look for other ways to treat your condition (look under treatments tap to see different treatment options).
Treatment of Back Pain
We will design a treatment plan that will not only help you get of back pain; it will help you stay out of back pain. Our treatment plan will include physical therapy, chiropractic care, and rehabilitation programs. We also, work with all major medical insurance companies so; let us call your insurance in so you can get the most cost effective treatment. We are conveniently located to Denver CO, Aurora CO, Lakewood CO, Parker CO, Littleton CO, Highlands Ranch CO, Centennial CO, Cherry Hills CO, Lone Tree CO, and Greenwood Village CO.
Chiropractor Discuss Different Types of Headaches
Headaches can be a debilitating condition for many people especially when the headache is an everyday occurrence. Today our Chiropractors will discuss the different types of headaches and how to get relief with Chiropractic care. We must first understand that headaches are not always easy to classify so if your symptoms don’t match our list it doesn’t mean you don’t have one of these types of headaches. Also, we must understand that pain level of headaches will vary from one person to another.
Headaches lead to over 18 million doctor visits annually, cost over 156 million lost work days a year, and cost the US over $25 billion a year in lost productivity. 78 percent of all headaches are related to problems within the upper Cervical spine. They are classified in 2 different groups, Primary (94%) and Secondary (6%) headaches. The most common types of Primary headaches are Tension, stress, Cervicogenic, and migraine headaches.
Tension Headaches- the most common form of Primary affects 2/3 of the population. Typically felt on both sides of the head with a dull persistent pain which can vary in intensity. These are most commonly described as a “tight band around the head” and may also involve neck pain.
Cervicogenic headaches- comes from pain in the head whose sources lies somewhere in the neck. This is typically from a referred pain within the Cervical spine. Generally unilateral and does not change sides. Typically caused by poor posture or movement. In many cases is accompanied with shoulder pain. The headache is often mild to moderate in intensity and often involves tenderness to the touch with trigger points in the neck or base of the skull.
Migraine Headaches- affect approximately 12% of the population and affect women 2-3 times more than men. Usually moderate to severe in intensity and on one side of the head. Attacks often include nausea, clod hands, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. 20% are preceded by an “aura” that may involve visual sensations, numbness or impaired speech.
Cluster Headaches- much less common and mainly affect men. Present as severe pain around and behind one eye, most commonly at night. Can occur daily or in groups or “clusters” for days or weeks at a time.
Treatment for headaches
The treatment we prefer at Mountain View Pain Center consists of manipulation, chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue release, trigger point therapy, nutritional advice, and lifestyle changes. We must first discover what causes the headaches and what aggravates them such as stress, food, light, exercise, and other factors. Once we have completed a full physical with case history we can develop a treatment plan to deal with your specific headache.
Mountain View Pain Center is located in Centennial, CO which allows us to provide convenient chiropractic care and rehabilitation treatment to Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Parker, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Cherry Hills, Lone Tree, and Green Wood Village.
There are many different types and causes of headaches. If you do not see the information you are seeking feel free to call or email and we can discuss the headaches you are suffering from.
Chiropractors Discuss Rotator Cuff Injuries
One of the most common injuries to the shoulder is the rotator cuff injury. The reason for this is because the shoulder joint is supported by more muscles than any other joint in the body. The groups of muscles involved with the rotator cuff injury are the SITS group Suprapinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres minor and Subscapularis. The major reason there is an injury to the rotator cuff is repetitive use of the upper limb above horizon (e.g., during throwing, swimming, and weight lifting) or a fall on an outstretched arm such as when skiing or snowboarding. The recurrent inflammation of the rotator cuff (especially the inflammation that occurs to the Suparapinatus tendon) can lead to tear/rupture of the muscles/tendons.
Signs and Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Injury
First-degree strain, minor pain, and weakness
Second-degree strain, moderate impairment, and disability
Third-degree strain, severe shoulder pain, 6 to 12 hours of no pain followed by gradual increase in pain and disability.
At Mountain View Pain Center our chiropractors specialize in sports related injuries, we will design a treatment plain that will ensure you get out of pain, but most importantly you stay out of pain. Our treatment plain will include physical therapy, chiropractic care, and a rehabilitation program to help you stay out of pain. We are conveniently located for all the major cities Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Parker, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Centennial, Cherry Hills, Lone Tree, and Green Wood Village, Colorado.